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Project Ezra

PROJECT EZRA 2019

Dear Project Ezra Supporters & Volunteers,

Project Ezra is a shared tradition between Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester and Temple Isaiah in Lexington where members of both congregations provide home-cooked Christmas meals to elderly residents and families in need. Last year, we prepared, assembled, and delivered nearly 300 holiday dinners for families in Arlington, Bedford, Cambridge, & Lexington, Somerville, and Woburn, and we hope to increase our meal delivery count to 350 this holiday season! 

We added “door greeters” to the list of ways to participate in this event. We ask that as you sign up to make a component of the meal or help during the day you consider signing up to greet folks at the front door for a 30 minute shift. Whether you are bringing food or looking for other ways to be involved, welcoming & helping people as they walk in with arms full of food is a wonderful way to participate. We are asking for 2 people to sign up for each shift. Please consider sticking around as we work towards fulfilling the commitment of Project Ezra.  

We ask that you bring in homemade items. We hope you can find a way to participate, even if you are heading out of town. Please let us know and we will find a way for you to engage. You can make a donation (info below), bake cookies in advance and freeze them, or make cranberry sauce (and deliver to Temple Isaiah on Sunday, Dec 22 or Monday, Dec 23, delivery times will be sent out closer to the date).

IT'S EASY TO HELP IN ADVANCE and/or on the day of prep! Below is a list of how you can get involved. 

  • Prepare a component of the meal (turkey breast, stuffing, peas, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, fruit salad, or cookies) at home and bring the item(s) to Temple Isaiah on Tuesday, December 24 (recipes below)
  • Carve the turkeys at Temple Isaiah
  • Participate in bag/card decorating, packaging up the food into containers, packing up delivery bags
  • Deliver the meals
  • Make a financial contribution (details below)

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday, 12/24 at Temple Isaiah (55 Lincoln Street, Lexington -- Social Hall/Kitchen)
  • 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. deliver turkeys to Temple Isaiah kitchen
  • 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Bring prepared food to Temple 
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Pack meals into containers; kitchen clean-up
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Bag & note card decorating
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Assemble food bags
  • 11:30 a.m. Arrive to pick up meals for delivery (delivery takes about 1 hour)
  • 11:30 a.m. - finish - clean up

TO VOLUNTEER - Scroll down to the sign-up slots and select an food to prepare or an activity. Please include the best phone number to reach you. We request your reply as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

RECIPES AND INSTRUCTIONS ARE BELOW - please scroll down

IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TO HELP ON THE DAY OF YOU CAN STILL PARTICIPATE -
We gratefully accept financial contributions to help purchase food and supplies. You can make a donation by clicking here and click on the "Social Action" button, and be sure to write in Project Ezra under “Project Notes”. Or, you can send a check, payable to Temple Isaiah, please write "Project Ezra" on the memo line, to Temple Isaiah, Attn: Social Action/Project Ezra, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA 02421.

Project Ezra Planning Team 
Temple Isaiah: Leah Baigell, John Hayes, Rachel Hayes 
Temple Shir Tikvah: Dana Ansel, Jenna Barry, Julie Rosenberg

~~~~~ RECIPES ~~~~~ 

ROASTED POTATOES
This recipe makes one unit

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds Yukon gold potatoes cut into large chunks
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary (dried rosemary is fine, or 1-2 teaspoons of dried basil and parsley)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. Put the cut potatoes onto baking sheets 
  3. Roughly tear the rosemary (or your choice of seasonings) and scatter it over the potatoes; season with pepper and drizzle with olive oil 
  4. Toss the potatoes well to mix all the flavors and put them in the oven 
  5. Remove after 30 minutes and turn them over to ensure even cooking 
  6. Continue to roast until they are browned & cooked through, about 30 - 40 minutes more 

NOTE: Do not overcrowd the baking sheet or the potatoes will steam instead of roasting

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THANKSGIVING STUFFING
(Serves 8 ~ PLEASE DOUBLE RECIPE TO MAKE 1 UNIT)

Prep time: 10 mins ~~~ Cook time: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons butter or non-dairy margarine 
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, cut crosswise in ¼” slices
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 10 cups dried unseasoned bread cubes (found in the bread section at the grocery store)
  • 1½ cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 egg
  • Optional garnish: ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F 
  2. Melt butter in a large pan 
  3. Saute onions, celery, salt, sage, and thyme for 5 minutes on medium heat 
  4. Turn off heat, add bread cubes and gently stir them into the onion mixture
  5. Slowly pour chicken broth over the bread cubes folding everything carefully so the bread cubes do not break apart too much
  6. In a small bowl, gently whisk the egg and add it to the stuffing mix
  7. Continue to fold everything until the egg is incorporated
  8. Place stuffing into a small disposable aluminum pan and bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until nice and toasty on top

 

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CRANBERRY SAUCE
This recipe makes one unit
makes 10 cups ~~~ active time 5 min; total time 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 --12-oz bags fresh or frozen cranberries (12 cups)
  • 3 lemons seeded & sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Rinse and de-stem cranberries
  2. Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved
  3. Add cranberries & lemon slices, return to boil
  4. Reduce to simmer and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until berries just pop
  5. Pour into a bowl and cool

Note: Cranberry sauce may be made 3 days ahead and chilled, covered.

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Created by:   Leah Baigell
 
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Location Time (EST) Available Slot
12/24/2019 (Tue.) Door Greeter - Inside the front door at Temple Isaiah (7 a.m. - noon in 1/2 hour increments)  7:00am - 7:30am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
Deliver Roasted Turkey to Temple Isaiah Kitchen - Timely delivery is critical. Please arrive no later than 8:15 a.m.  7:00am - 8:15am  

Roast bone-in or boneless turkey breast (7 lbs boneless = 1 unit; 9 lbs bone-in = 1 unit) purchase and roast (48)

*IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE TURKEY BREASTS ARE FULLY COOKED TO AN INTERNAL TEMP OF 165 DEGREES. UNDER COOKED TURKEYS ARE A HEALTH HAZARD.

 
2 of 48 slots filled
Mollie Garberg (2)
Deliver All Side Dishes & Desserts to Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen   7:00am - 9:00am  

FRUIT SALAD (10 cups = 1 unit) no bananas please; if using apples please toss with some citric acid - eg. orange juice, or lemon or lime --to prevent browning (34)

 
2 of 34 slots filled
Deb Goldman (2)

ROASTED POTATOES (5 lbs=1 unit) recipe included on general info page (35)

 
5 of 35 slots filled
Colin Minchom (2)
Family Minchom
Nancy Shepard (2)
Daniel Ostrower
Daniel Ostrower

WHOLE BERRY CRANBERRY SAUCE (10 cups sauce = 1 unit) recipe provided on general info page (34)

 
7 of 34 slots filled
Jessica Fair
Jeanne and Ralph Clifford (3)
2 adults
WENDY LIEBOW
Pamela Mann
Pamela Mann
Deb Goldman

STUFFING (a double quantity of the recipe provided = 1 unit) recipe provided on general info page (22)

 
1 of 22 slots filled
Pamela Mann
Pamela Mann

COOKIES or BROWNIES (3 dozen pieces size about 2" each = 1 unit). Please no nuts, no pies or cakes. (39)

Homemade preferred

 
10 of 39 slots filled
Jessica Fair
Elliott / Ann Gimble / Renauer (2)
Susan Goodman (2)
Kathy Jacob (3)
9 doz. snickerdoodles (cookies)
Daniel Ostrower (2)
Coreen McCool
Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen Peas & Gravy Delivery  7:00am - 9:00am  

GRAVY CANS (20)

GRAVY (ten 10 oz cans = 1 unit) (24

 
2 of 20 slots filled
Tamara Larsen (2)

FROZEN PEAS (15)

(three 16oz bags of frozen peas = 1 unit) bring in bag uncooked (26)

 
2 of 15 slots filled
Tamara Larsen (2)
Temple Isaiah Kitchen - Carve Turkeys  7:30am  

Carve Turkeys (please bring your carving knife and cutting board) (4)

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Colin Minchom
Colin Minchom
Door Greeter - Inside the front door at Temple Isaiah (7 a.m. - noon in 1/2 hour increments)  7:30am - 8:00am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
Temple Isaiah Kitchen - Kitchen Helpers/Clean Up  7:30am - 11:00am  

Kitchen Helpers/Clean Up (3)

 
1 of 3 slots filled
Colin Minchom
Ronit Minchom
Door Greeter - Inside the front door at Temple Isaiah (7 a.m. - noon in 1/2 hour increments)  8:00am - 8:30am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
8:30am - 9:00am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
9:00am - 9:30am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
Temple Isaiah Social Hall - kids decorate meal bags & write note cards  9:00am - 11:00am  

Kids Decorate Meal Bags & Make Cards (unlimited number of participants)

 
8 slots filled - more available
Daniel Ostrower (4)
Coreen McCool, Joshua Ostrower, Duncan Ostrower, Gabriel Ostrower
Nikki Franses (4)
3 kids and 1 adult
Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen - pack meals into containers  9:00am - 11:00am  

Food prep (25)

Pack food into containers. Please indicate number of adults and number of kids ages 12 and older

 
20 of 25 slots filled
Carolyn Goldstein (4)
3 adults, one teenager
Susan Silver (2)
2 adults - Susan and Craig Silver
Elliott / Ann Gimble / Renauer (2)
2 adults
Sara Melnick
Bob Ruxin
Hilary Zwicker
Mollie Garberg (4)
4 Adults (Gary, Mollie, Sarah, Sarah and Noah)
Daniel Ostrower
Daniel Ostrower
Nikki Franses (4)
4 adults
Door Greeter - Inside the front door at Temple Isaiah (7 a.m. - noon in 1/2 hour increments)  9:30am - 10:00am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
10:00am - 10:30am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
10:30am - 11:00am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
11:00am - 11:30am  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen Assemble Meals  11:00am - 11:30am  

Assemble Meals (8)

Pack food containers into delivery bags. Please indicate number of adults and # of kids 10 years and older. We need 8 people total to assemble the meals

 
7 of 8 slots filled
Carolyn Goldstein (4)
3 adults, one teenager
Susan Silver (2)
2 adults - Susan and Craig Silver
Sara Melnick
Happy to do QA again
Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen for Meal Delivery to Somerville  11:25am - 11:25am  

Somerville Homeless Coalition, Somerville, MA (1)

Deliver pans of food to the Somerville Homeless Coalition, 1 Davis Square, Somerville, MA

 
Carolyn Goldstein
Temple Isaiah Social Hall/Kitchen Meal Delivery  11:30am - 11:30am  

Deliver Meals Tuesday December 24th (18)

Do not include the number of people. Sign up is counted by car (e.g. 1 car per family). NOTE: Plan 1 hour for delivery

 
7 of 18 slots filled
Peter Albin
Susan Silver (2)
2 adults - Susan and Craig Silver
Andrea Goodman
2 adults and 2 kids (age 7 and 3)
Tamara Larsen
2 adult 3 kids
Rebecca Platt
Deb Goldman
1 car = 4 adults

Back up for Meal Delivery -- on call in case additional driver(s) needed Tuesday, December 24th (3)

Do not include the number of people. Sign up is counted by car (e.g. 1 car per family). NOTE: Plan 1 hour for delivery

 
Door Greeter - Inside the front door at Temple Isaiah (7 a.m. - noon in 1/2 hour increments)  11:30am - 12:00pm  

Door Greeter (2)

Stand inside the front door and greet people as they walk in

 
12/25/2019 (Wed.) Serve meals at The Dwelling Place, 523 Main Street Woburn, MA  5:15pm - 6:30pm  

The Dwelling Place, Woburn, MA (4)

Sign up is by household number (1), not individuals within a household. Set up, serve, and clean a holiday meal at the Dwelling Place, a soup kitchen, 523 Main St., Woburn, MA

 
1 of 4 slots filled
Carolyn Goldstein
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